Mathew Stanley Lutz, "Pop" to his family who cherished him, passed away at his home in the early morning hours of May 10, 2018. Born in Syracuse on September 24, 1933, Mat was a former printer at the Syracuse Herald Journal and a proud Army veteran. In later years Mat was best known to the locals in Parish, NY, for his years managing the Grist Mill Restaurant. As a young boy, Mat fell in love with America’s favorite pastime – listening intently with his ear pressed up against the radio to his team: the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mat grew into a fine pitcher for his high school Alma Mater, Mexico Academy. 85 and still loving all things baseball, he got a twinkle in his eye, his step lightened and the boy in him returned whenever an opportunity came along to watch the Syracuse Chiefs with a hot dog, peanuts and a cold beer in hand. Quiet,
kindhearted and honest, he found great beauty and an easy spirit in the outdoors, taking pride in caring for his family farm, his own personal piece of nature. You could find him on most days walking about, fixing things, checking every detail and appreciating each new flower with his favorite tunes drifting from the barn. A man of few words but an enormous heart, brief notes to the family he held so dear would arrive from time to time along with an autumn leaf tucked lovingly into the pages, to remind them of home…and, of course, of him.
Mat is survived and missed by his beautiful wife of 62 years, Kitty Lutz, and his five children: Mary Shannon, Patty Paragon, Mathew P. Lutz, Rebecca MacDonald and Cassie Osgood. He was also adored by his ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
His family will celebrate his life in a private service in the care of the Harter Funeral Home, Parish NY. We’ll see you on the sunny side of the street, Pop.